1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the LORDs hand double for all her sins. Isaiah 40
Without the shedding of blood There is no forgiveness Hebrews 9:22 Principle
Application Questions Will you ask for forgiveness? Will you forgive your enemies?
Application Prayer I Adore You Precious Lamb & Seeker of the lost I Confess & I am sorry for rebelling against You Thank You for saving me from sin, satan, death I Pray You shape my heart to Your Desires
6 A voice says, Cry out. All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field Isaiah 40
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40
Without faith It is impossible to please God Hebrews 11:6 Principle
Faith Faith knows God is Present Faith trusts Gods loving purpose in every test Faith seeks how to glorify God through tests Faith submits to God without question Faith lives for Gods Approval, not His deliverance
Application Questions Does this describe your faith? Will you exercise faith in your current circumstances?
Application Prayer I Adore You as my Promise Keeping God I Confess I have trusted man instead of You Thank You for preparing a future full of hope I Pray for Help to live with an eternal perspective
9 You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to Judah, Here is your God! Isaiah 40
10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him Isaiah 40: Power and Authority
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young Isaiah 40: Humble and Gentle
If God be for us, No one and nothing can prevail against us. Principle
Application Questions What need in your life would you like your Shepherd to meet today?
If you are: Hungry – Let Jesus feed you! Lonely – Let Jesus hold you close! Tired – Let Jesus carry you! Lost – Let Jesus lead you!
Isaiah 40:1-11 Summary 1-2 A Voice of Pardon –Sacrificial Lamb 3-5 A Voice of Preparation –Coming King 6-8 A Voice of Promise –Trustworthy Friend 9-11 A Voice of Presence –Gentle Shepherd
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand Isaiah 41:10 Gods New Year Promise Presence, Possession, Power, Permanence
May God bless you richly in 2012 as you install Jesus as your Eternal Comfort! Isaiah 40